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Thermag III
May 11-May 15, 2009

The 3rd International Conference of IIR on Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature
Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15, 2009

Embassy Suites
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.

Thermag III
The 3rd International Conference of the IIR on Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature

Iowa State University's College of Engineering, Ames Laboratory, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering are pleased to host the 2009 Thermag III Conference. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, IA on May 11-15, 2009. The conference is designed to further the discussion and research on Magnetic refrigeration and its applications, and will feature presentations from around the globe on emerging trends and research. A call for oral presentations and posters has been announced this fall focusing on various aspects of magnetic refrigeration and new research.

Why attend?

Modern cooling is almost entirely based on a compression/expansion refrigeration cycle. It is, indeed, a high-energy demand industry with annual energy consumption measured in billions of kwh while reaching as much as 15% of the total electrical energy produced. Chemicals used as refrigerants, eventually escape into the environment promoting ozone layer depletion and global warming and, therefore, conventional refrigeration ultimately promotes deleterious trends in the global climate.

Recent worldwide efforts pioneered by scientists at Iowa State University and engineers at Astronautics Corporation of America validated the feasibility of near room temperature magnetic refrigeration- a new revolutionary solid-state refrigeration technology. When successfully commercialized, magnetic refrigeration and air conditioning will provide all the benefits of the cooling technologies without a heavy price tag. First, magnetic cooling and refrigeration is 20 to 30% more energy efficient than conventional vapor compression refrigeration. Second, the magnetic refrigerants are solids, and thus, hazardous, ozone depleting and greenhouse chemicals are completely eliminated. Therefore, magnetic refrigeration is one of the few, positively clean technologies.

Who should attend?

  • Researchers from academia and industry
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration industry engineers and business professionals?
  • Representatives from funding agencies
  • Investors and entrepreneurs

Mark your calendars to join us! The conference will feature poster sessions, tours of Iowa State University's campus and spousal activities in addition to the plenary sessions.

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